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rowdy

[rou-dee] /ˈraʊ di/
noun, plural rowdies.
1.
a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, rowdier, rowdiest.
2.
rough and disorderly:
rowdy behavior at school.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
Related forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
unrowdy, adjective
Synonyms
2. boisterous, unruly, obstreperous.
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Examples for rowdy
  • He wanted a campus where people were close-knit, open to diversity, and not too cliquish or too rowdy.
  • The dining room walls inspire lively, rowdy meals with good conversation.
  • It's the smile of a patient schoolmarm familiar with the antics of rowdy students.
  • Inside a large thatch hut, musicians play loud, frenetic music before a crowd of rowdy onlookers.
  • The band played whiskey bars, coffee shops, and rowdy house parties.
  • Spin checks out some rowdy relatives of tame house pets.
  • It took a while for the consumer electronics industry to accept the rowdy new power brokers.
  • At night they went out for beer and returned drunk and rowdy.
  • These are not the typical rowdy drunken gamblers and their wenches revelling in the tavern.
  • It wasn't a rowdy time caught on camera phone and blown out of proportion.
British Dictionary definitions for rowdy

rowdy

/ˈraʊdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly a rowdy gang of football supporters
noun (pl) -dies
2.
a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Derived Forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row³
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Word Origin and History for rowdy
rowdy
"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, Amer.Eng., originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (3). The adjective is first recorded 1819.
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